It is 2:37 here in Music City USA and I have been crazy productive this morning and afternoon. I wrote lesson plans and created some great resources for my class for the week. I even did a little laundry. But guess what I haven’t done?? SHOWERED! I am sure the neighbors are enjoying my wonderful bed head this morning. I think the dog is even embarrassed to go outside with me!
I am so sore from my workout yesterday! I am busting it at the gym to get ready for THE WEDDING! 151 pounds! I will be at my goal weight or below before the wedding! 27 days people! So please go buy lots of my stuff at TPT because, um, THE WEDDING is EXPENSIVE! But worth every penny!
I hope you’re ready for a wild ride through my week of learning and fun. You know that some crazy stuff comes from my mind, so here we go!
This week we are moving on to the letter P! We will be celebrating the letter P with one of my favorite read alouds, Princess Pigtoria and The Pea! It’s a great story about being yourself and it’s chock full of P words! After we read about Princess Pigtoria, we will make out P hats! This week we get to wear penguin hats! Come on people, how many of you get so excited to see me wearing the letter hats?! We will also be reading our emergent reader, The Flag which introduces two new sight words: is and the. The book also uses positional words so it has a math component, too! Look at how Mr. Greg works math vocabulary and concepts into his reading blog! CLEVER!
This week our writing is going to focus on labels and labeling! I am so excited that we finally get to label our classroom! I use large Post It Notes (um, you know my fetish for Post It Notes, right?!) and each child gets to pick 1 object to label in our classroom. I say the sound of the letters and the child writes the letters. I love that the class get so into helping each other. This is another way that my students take ownership of the room. They get to see their handwriting all over the room! And let’s be honest, some of them have way better handwriting than me.
In math we are going to focus on KCC5 which is counting to answer how many. My amazing teammate, Ms. Pitts came up with this activity. You place school supplies in a bag. I am using glue stick, scissors (hopefully we won’t stab ourselves or cut anything off as we reach into the bag!), glue bottle, crayon, marker and pencil. The child pulls out one supply and we color a box on our graph. After everyone has a turn, we count our boxes to see how many of each supply we pulled out. Isn’t that super fun? We will follow that up with a graphic activity on Tuesday. Today is the day that we introduce our math journals. Math journals is one of my goals this year. I want to do a math journal entry every day to finish up our math lesson. We use the Balanced Math approach for our math instruction, so the closure is very important. My goal is to have a math journal activity to close every lesson. To help in this, I am creating math journal pages that we cut apart and glue in our math journal. After we glue it in our journal, we complete the activity. Here is what this weeks journal pages look like! Click on the picture to download your freebie!
We will also begin our remembrance of September 11th. I will read aloud the book, The Pledge of Allegiance and we will talk about what all of the words mean. We will also discuss the flag and what it means. And we will learn the song Red White and Blue by my friend Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach! I think there is a beautiful book to accompany this song. I need to get the book soon! We will cap off our day with one of my favorite art projects: making the flag using our hand prints!